Hollow Knight Guide
4. Forgotten Crossroads
Once you enter the Forgotten Crossroads the game really begins. From here you can basically start exploring how you want. Below are a few places to go at the start.
Get The Map
Maps make Hollow Knight a bit easier to navigate so let’s grab the map for this area. After dropping into the well, head left until you reach the big room pictured above. In this big room head to the very bottom and drop through the hole in the floor. In this room is Cornifer the Cartographer. He sells maps for each area. The map for this area costs 30 Geo. Buying the map causes vendor Iselda to move into Dirtmouth.
Boss: False Knight
Once you have acquired the map there are a few things you can do. You can spend time exploring the area or head for the first boss fight. Along the way are two benches as well as a fast travel station you can unlock.
False Knight is the first real boss you will face off against in Hollow Knight. The boss is big, but relatively easy to fight. False Knight has a pretty basic move set. There is a simple hammer smash, a jump smash which sends out shockwaves, as well as a wild multi-directional smash which brings fiery balls down into the arena. Hollow Knight’s combat is largely about mobility. Look to dodge then retreat. If you need to heal, look for gaps in attacks which give you ample time to do so. Pick up the City Crest from the False Knight body.
Ability: Vengeful Spirit
After defeating False Knight grab the treasure chest full of Geo and continue on to the left. Head up and meet the Shaman who will give you a new ability. This ability allows you to shoot projectiles using Soul. Upon receiving the ability, you will be knocked unconscious and taken to an area where you are locked in. This area acts as a sort of tutorial for using your new skill and is fairly straightforward. There is a charm in this area which is pretty handy called the Soul Catcher, so grab it. Complete the area and return to the Shaman to have the door unlocked. From here return to the bottom floor of the room and head left, smash the switch and open up the shortcut back to the Cartographer.
Now that you have Vengeful Spirit, you are probably wondering where to go now? That’s Easy. Head to Greenpath!